With eight success in a row consisting of a dominant efficiency over Tony Ferguson at UFC 256, Charles Oliveira is ready for his title shot.
The Brazilian was masterful in the co-main event as he put Ferguson on the ground repeatedly and nearly broke his arm with a submission in the opening round. Oliviera was excited with Ferguson's will to survive yet there was no question regarding the victor after the last horn appeared.
” He's a truly tough guy,” Oliviera stated about Ferguson at the UFC 256 post-fight interview. “I even informed [my coach Jorge Patino] after that preliminary that I thought I had broken his arm.
” Yet I wanted to win. We had a game plan established as well as I intended to go in there and also win regardless.”
Since he's protected the largest success of his job, Oliviera is staring at a top-five position in the lightweight department with a title shot ultimately in striking range.
While a face-off against ruling champ Khabib Nurmagomedov would certainly probably be on his shopping list, Oliveira doesn't believe the unbeaten Russian will certainly go back to action after introducing his retirement previously this year.
For now, Nurmagomedov is still holding onto the title but Oliveira expects a new lightweight champion to be crowned in the future and also he's obtained the best fight in mind to assist the department move on.
” Khabib vowed on his father's grave that he had not been going to come back,” Oliveira claimed.
7 of those, I completed the fight. I finish fights.
At UFC 257 in January, Conor McGregor will certainly go back to face Dustin Poirier in the main occasion after they formerly satisfied at featherweight back in2014 On that evening, McGregor scored a devastating first round ko however six years later on Poirier is seeking to precise his revenge.
Regardless of that triumphes, Oliveira thinks he needs to deal with the champion with the light-weight title rising for grabs in that fight.
” I do not truly believe there is a preference,” Oliveira claimed. “I want to fight for the belt. That's been my dream as well as my team's desire. Clearly combating Conor involves a great deal of other points. It's a great deal of cash and also a lot of other things that possibly a battle with Dustin wouldn't involve but we really want to win the belt. It really doesn't make a difference.”
Oliveira's need to face either McGregor or Poirier runs so deep that he'll even consider acting as a backup for that centerpiece if the UFC requires him.
” I just have a cut over my eye,” Oliveira discussed. “So following week I'll be fine. I have not shed a fight because Paul Felder as well as I remained in the health club a week after that. So, Dana [White] just call my supervisor if you desire me to fill out.”
Considering the heights he's currently reached in his career, it is difficult to remember when Oliveira was 2-2 with one no contest at light-weight after signing up with the UFC roster in2010 It's not fairly the exact same distant memory however Oliveira likewise spent a lot of time fighting at featherweight where he was regularly depleting his body in a losing initiative to contend at 145 pounds.
Following his win over Ferguson Saturday evening as he notched his 8th successive win, Oliveira held up a stone and also he later explained the significance of that rock when relating to his own strenuous trip in the sporting activity.
” Everybody recognizes that I'm religious. I have a great deal of belief in God,” Oliveira claimed. “My papa climbed up a hillside and also if you understand the tale of David [and Goliath], you recognize what that rock suggests.
” So that rock is from that hillside and also God is the most powerful pressure there is.”
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